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  • Former school bus driver sues board over dismissal

    A former bus driver is suing the school board over the district’s decision not to renew his contract, according to civil lawsuit filed in Anderson Circuit Court.                   
    Timothy Brothers worked as a bus driver for approximately 20 years before the district chose not to renew his contract in May of 2011, according to the certified employee hearing document on file.

  • New fire hall planned for western Anderson County

    After years of scrimping, saving and at times dreaming, the Anderson County Fire District has finally begun the process of building a new fire station in western Anderson County.
    The district’s board of directors is in the process of accepting bids for a new Station 4, which will be located where the current station sits on Bardstown Road about a mile before Highway 555.
    Construction of the new station is expected to begin sometime next month and be completed in May of next year.

  • After 70 years of waiting, pastor gets a BB gun

    The 70-year-old pastor cocked his rifle, aimed and missed.
    Undeterred, he cocked it again, aimed and broke into a huge grin when the BB ricocheted off his mailbox on Cat Ridge Road in Mount Eden.
    The preacher is Roy “Junie” Temple Jr., who during last week’s 127 Yard Sale bought something he’d wanted since he was a child but had never purchased: a BB gun.
    To be specific, a Daisy BB gun that he found for sale at one of the churches along US 127 in Franklin County.
    I cost him all of $5.

  • Garmon murder suspect pleads not guilty

    The man indicted in the vehicular murder of a Lawrenceburg woman last September made his first appearance Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court where he was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty.
    Eric D. Jenkins, 42, of 208 Country Dr., Hustonville, was indicted last month with murder and DUI in the death of Marie Garmon, who died several days after a dump truck driven by Jenkins hit her mini-van head on on Versailles Road.

  • Fiscal court approves tax increase

    A divided Anderson County Fiscal Court narrowly approved a tax increase and the next step toward building a swimming facility when it met Tuesday morning.
    Magistrates voted 4-3 for a 1.6 percent increase on real estate, raising the rate from $1.27 per $1,000 assessed value to $1.29. That means a home assessed at $100,000 will now pay $129 instead of $127.
    Voting for the increase were Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway and magistrates David Ruggles, Forest Dale Stevens and Juretta Wells. Voting against were magistrates Buddy Sims, David Montgomery and Kenny Barnett.

  • Two women receive minor injuries in wreck near Walmart

    Two women were injured July 24 in a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Glensboro Road and US 127 Bypass in front of Walmart.
    City police said witnesses saw Jennifer Jaber, 31, of Louisville, run a red light at about 6 p.m. last Wednesday as she headed north on the US 127 Bypass.
    Racheal Palmerton, 22, started to make a left turn from Glensboro Road onto US 127 Bypass north when Jaber’s Ford Escape crashed into Palmerton’s Nissan 300ZX.

  • Pipeline public meeting scheduled for Tuesday

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court wants to hear what the people it represents have to say about a proposed pipeline during a special called meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6.
    The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the basement of the Anderson Extension office, located in the county park.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway called for the meeting two weeks ago when residents concerned about the pipeline attended a fiscal court meeting to voice their objections.

  • From cowardly lion to singing ogre

    Devan Pruitt kick started his acting career by guzzling hydrochloric acid.
    Egged on by friends, the high school sophomore pretended to knock back a graduated cylinder full of hydrochloric acid during an AP Chemistry lab.
    Pruitt, now a college sophomore at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, said he doesn’t remember exactly what the lab was about, maybe about testing pH levels.  
    But he remembers the consequences of his prank — getting kicked out of AP Chemistry.
    A blessing in disguise, Pruitt said.

  • Anderson high school alum hired as LaRue Co. principal

    From Larue County Herald News
    Landmark Media News
    Kyle Goodlett has been hired as principal of LaRue County High School.
    Goodlett, who served as assistant principal last year, takes over for Paul Mullins who has accepted the superintendent’s job at Garrard County.
    His duties began Monday.
    Goodlett was one of 12 applicants and four people interviewed by the LCHS site-based decision-making council. The council used also an online survey which gave everyone in the community a chance to have input.

  • Deputy uses ‘old fashioned police work’ to collar burglary suspects

    A Shelbyville couple, including a man who was just released from prison, are charged with a rash of burglaries in the Fox Creek Road area.
    Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Wooldridge arrested Hubert Smith, 31, and Emily Smith, 29, of 701 Southland Dr., Shelbyville on two counts each of second-degree burglary July 22.